Current information about the payouts can be found here.

Our distributions as of 01.01.2024

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MOD S, MOD S VR, GOP, GOP VR

Music on demand streaming & mixed online platforms

On 1 January 2024 you will receive a distribution for the use of your works in our online categories relating to music streaming (e.g. Spotify) and mixed online platforms (e.g. YouTube).

We are delighted to inform you that after intensive efforts, GEMA has reached an agreement on qualitative reporting with the social media platforms (Meta, including Facebook/Instagram, and TikTok). This means that our current distribution is the first to be predominantly click-based in respect of these platforms.
 

To find out which usage periods are included in the distribution dated 1 January 2024, please click here. For detailed information about the mixed online platforms categories, please see our GOP distribution page. We also recommend our Music on demand page.

Payouts in MOD S and GOP now take places 4 times a year

We would also like to remind you again that we have increased the frequency of distributions for music streaming and social media, from half-yearly to quarterly. You will now receive royalties in these categories on 1 January of any given year, and then on 1 April, 1 July and 1 October of that year.

Please note: for the MOD S categories, the claim period is still three months following the distribution date, and it will now start to run from each of the new quarterly distributions. In the GOP categories, the three-month claim period will start to run from the distribution date for each respective supplementary distribution (currently 1 February 2024 for uses in 2022).

Reproduction rights for PHONO VR, BT VR

Audio and audio-visual media 

With previously missing distributions now largely included, 1 January 2024 saw a positive upswing in distributions in the audio and audio-visual media categories (PHONO VR, BT VR). The vinyl sector continues to play a major role.

For further information about our audio categories, please see our Audio and audio-visual media page.
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A, A Vr 

International

In the international categories A and A VR (reproduction rights), we distribute income collected by our sister organisations in respect of uses of the GEMA repertoire in their respective countries.
 
You can learn here which countries and periods will be covered in the distribution dated 1 January 2024. To learn more about our international distribution category, please see here.

Online Portal replaces GEMA DOWNLOAD

As of mid-2024 we’ll be making your distribution files available exclusively and grouped together in the My royalties area of our Online Portal. You will also, temporarily, be able to find the familiar GEMA Download formats here alongside the new distribution formats.

We’ll be developing this service further over the months to come to ensure that in the future too you’ll have ideal access to your royalty details – quickly, easily and centrally in a single location:
our Online Portal.

Do you have any questions about these changes? If so, feel free to email us at royalties@gema.de.
 
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Information about our last payouts

FAQ´s - frequently asked questions regarding the distribution

You can access an overview of your turnover in the Online Portal in the service My royalties. There, you can also find where the royalties come from (live, radio, TV/film, digital or international income) and the revenue generated by your ten most successful works. More on this in the Video.

Detailed statements (individual statements and usage statements) can be accessed in the free online service GEMA Download.

  • statements = how high is the payout amount per work

  • Usage statements = when and where were my works used

If you cannot access the service yet, get your activation via the ​​​​​​GEMA Online Portal. You can also request details on the distribution via e-mail: mitgliederservice@gema.de. They are subject to a service fee.

 You can submit a claim for an incorrect distribution quickly and easily using the following options:

  • You log in to the ​​​​​​ Online Portal and use the Service Claims.

  • For missing live events, use the service My setlists in the Online Portal where you can submit your setlists in the form of a complaint/claim.

Please note: Before submitting any claims, please check whether a distribution has already been made for the period and category. You can access an overview of the deadlines and categories here. Please only claim uses, which are not included in your detailed statements (on the Online Portal > GEMA Download) or need to be claimed for other reasons. Pursuant to § 59 of the GEMA distribution plan, claims must contain specific details which permit a verification. You ensure that this is the case by providing the requested details in the Online Portal under Claims. You can access all the details regarding claims here.

When claiming unpaid royalties in the MOD distribution categories, please mind the following important points: If the royalties for use of a work during the specified usage periods of the Digital Service Providers (DSPs) concerned are not included in the royalty payment you received, you should make a claim for missing royalties shortly (at the latest within three months of the respective distribution date according to § 59 of the GEMA Distribution Plan). In order to arrange the licence allowing you to receive those royalties subsequently, the root of the problem (e.g. missing or incorrect declaration or registration, or incorrect classification of the work) needs to be fixed quickly. As a general rule, if information about the artist and label is provided in the work declaration prior to or for publication (ISRC), this helps the licensing and distribution processes run more smoothly.

If the dashboards of the DSPs show higher usage figures than those of our distribution, please consider that DSP dashboards usually show global streaming figures current to the day. Therefore, please check first whether the usage period concerned and the usage figures from the respective DSPs for the respective countries are included in the particular GEMA distribution you received for online and/or international use. If the royalty a stream earns, for example, on Spotify, per country, month and service type (Free, Student, Family, Duo, Premium) is not at least a few cents, we will not distribute it on a per-work basis but by way of supplements per entitled party.

Specific information are required for a claim in order to allow an inspection. Here for please go the Online Portal under claims.

When claiming unpaid royalties for use on mixed-content online platforms (distribution categories GOP/GOP VR), please remember the following: The deadline for such claims is three months, counted from the date of distribution of supplements, which is usually on 1 December of a financial year. The distribution date for this year has been postponed to 1 January 2023. As a result, the deadline for claiming unpaid royalties is automatically postponed accordingly.

You do not have access to the Online Portal yet? Register as a music creator here. Then, you will receive an e-mail with an activation link to set your own password. After that, you complete the activation application which is shown in the Online Portal, and send it through to us. Once your account has been successfully activated, we will inform you. You can then start the service under GEMA Download and download the detailed breakdowns.

If you have any questions about our claim procedure, please contact our Member Services Department by email at mitgliederservice@gema.de.
For further information about how to make a claim, please click here.

It is possible that the account statements are still on their way, they are only available a few days after the payout at the start of the new month. The process is as follows:

  1. Detailed breakdowns/statements are available via the GEMA Download.

  2. Money flows.

  3. The account statement will be issued and transferred (by post or the Onlineportal)


Are you registered for the Online Portal? Then you can access your account statements there:

  1. Simply go to My financial details in the Online Portal.
  2. ​​​​​​You can access this in the area My account statements.

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